Kris Middleton was born in Aberdeen, Washington. She is a fifth generation Washingtonian and her family has been in business in Washington State since 1898 (120 years). Initially, the family business was focused on timber; but in more recent years, it has focused on agriculture in California and Washington State including wine grape growing and wine making.
Kris was educated in Washington State, New York, California and Spain. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband but spends extensive time in Walla Walla, WA. While growing up, she and her siblings were often allowed to taste wine at the dinner table which she thought was interesting but her real love of wine developed while living in Spain as a young adult. She later attended the “Professional Wine Studies program” at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in St. Helena, CA and afterwards, she worked for an importer of Spanish and German wines. In 2006, she returned to the family business to work for Middleton Family Wines. She is currently focused on the sales and marketing of Cadaretta Wine, the Middleton Family’s small Walla Walla based winery and Southwind Vineyard, the Middleton Family’s Estate Vineyard in the Walla Walla AVA. Kris is an avid skier, tennis player, fly fisherwoman, traveler of the world and of course enjoying wine!